School and Ranking Info
Aspiring veterinary technologists can choose from among five colleges in the Sacramento, CA, area, three of which are for-profit institutions. The top choice for studying veterinary technology is a community college located 40 miles from downtown Sacramento in Marysville that offers a wide range of specialized certificates and degree programs, including an associate's degree in in veterinary technology.
- Winner: Yuba College is a 2-year, public school and a member of the Yuba Community College District. Yuba College offers an associate degree in veterinary technology that focuses on lab animals, large animals, public health and shelter medicine.
School Info Chart
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $1,144 (in-state);
|Veterinary Technology Degrees Offered||Associate|
|Veterinary Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||12*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 entering class||20%*|
|Noteworthy||Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology program has been approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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- Veterinary technology program requires four 2-credit internships
- Graduates of the veterinary technology program are eligible for the California State Board Licensing Examination for Veterinary Technicians
- Relevant extracurricular activities include a Veterinary Technology Club
Yuba College, which enrolls 6,874 undergraduates annually, has a high student-teacher ratio of 27:1. The college offers more than 60 certificate and degree programs through seven different divisions, including the Associate of Science (AS) in Veterinary Technology program. A 17-credit Certificate of Achievement for veterinary assistants is also available; credits are transferable to the veterinary technology program. Additional courses of study include 18-credit Certificate of Training programs in laboratory animal medicine, large animal care and management, shelter medicine and veterinary public health, as well as standalone courses in euthanasia and large animal capture.
The AS in Veterinary Technology program only admits high school graduates who are at least 18 years old and have met the application and health requirements. It requires 62 credits and five semesters to complete and offers nine different specializations, including dental, exotic animal and laboratory diagnostics, along with several of the options found in the Certificate of Training programs. First-year studies include courses in anatomy and physiology, clinical lab techniques, medical terminology and pharmacology. During the following three semesters, students learn about advanced nursing techniques, emergency animal care and workplace safety.